Blizzard's Next-Gen MMO An "Enormous Investment"

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Blizzard's Next-Gen MMO An "Enormous Investment"

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Activision has put a lot of money into a completely original MMOG coming out of Blizzard "when it's done."

Blizzard is working on its next MMOG: This much is known simply by visiting the company's jobs page and scrolling down to "next-gen MMO." Activision CEO Bobby Kotick recently said a few words on the project, calling it an "enormous investment."

On Activision's last second-quarter earnings conference call, Kotick said: "Remember, we have two enormous investments: One in Bungie and the other in another project at Blizzard that we haven't given a lot of visibility to. Those are going to be entirely new intellectual properties."

Does this mean the StarCraft MMOG we've all been clamoring for has been ruled out for good? Pretty much. In a way, a StarCraft MMOG could be considered a new IP, sort of like how one might consider Warcraft III and World of Warcraft separate entities though they share the same world and history. However, Blizzard has said in the past that it's building the new MMOG from scratch, so it's time to give up hope. The Bungie title, well that could be anything from FPS to action-RPG.

Kotick emphasized that Activision understands what these "enormous investments" need to become products that people want to play. He continued to say: "But with the recognition that the way to build them is take long amounts of time, lots of capable talent, an enormous amount of capital and you have to have a real roadmap for innovation and creativity. And I think that those are going to be two very good examples from the ground up original ideas." Whether you trust Kotick or not, I think the money is in safe hands at Blizzard.

I, for one, can't wait to see something new from Blizzard, especially a MMOG, considering how the company tends to lead the way with innovation in genres. I wonder if Blizzard's new MMOG will become Activision's most expensive project in history just like Star Wars: The Old Republic is for EA.

Source: CVG

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Hopefully Bungie can survive Activision and not go the IW route. They managed to survive Microsoft and didn't go the way Rare went, so there's hope.

As for Blizzard, whatever they make will make back the money.

Does blizzard lead innovation in genres? Like what?

I'd just like to get Diablo 3...

I hear such good things about Diablo 2 but my computer won't.

monnes:
Does blizzard lead innovation in genres? Like what?

Not anymore it doesn't.

But hey, maybe they're going to change... it's not likely though.

monnes:
Does blizzard lead innovation in genres? Like what?

World of Warcraft? That game put MMOs on the map. The accessibility of the game astounds me still compared to just about every other MMO out there. You may wish to argue what exactly his definition of innovation is, but there is no denying what they've done for the video game industry as a whole.

RTS's are where they still reign supreme too.

Awesome. anything blizzard sounds like a good game to me.

I'd like to see that. And besides at this point Blizzard is getting so much money from WoW they could handle a massive failure of some MMOG they are trying out.

This may in response to The Old Republic's encroaching threat to WOW's player-base, real or imagined as the case may be. I actually think this is a bad idea on Activision's part. They shouldn't split the player-base of WOW by making a new "massive" MMORPG.

Honestly, I'm kinda tired of mmorpgs, and am looking for something more along the lines of demons souls.

Mr.Pandah:

monnes:
Does blizzard lead innovation in genres? Like what?

World of Warcraft? That game put MMOs on the map. The accessibility of the game astounds me still compared to just about every other MMO out there. You may wish to argue what exactly his definition of innovation is, but there is no denying what they've done for the video game industry as a whole.

RTS's are where they still reign supreme too.

I agree that they've made fantastic games, but i'd never consider them innovative. I wouldn't consider being successful innovative.

Undead Dragon King:
This may in response to The Old Republic's encroaching threat to WOW's player-base, real or imagined as the case may be. I actually think this is a bad idea on Activision's part. They shouldn't split the player-base of WOW by making a new "massive" MMORPG.

Actually they have been working on this game for quite a few years. It has nothing to do with any other MMO that has come out or is coming out.

Well, hopefully it doesn't fail then. I would hate to see Blizzard out of business.

I'm just waiting to see how Activision make sure nobody at Blizzard sees a penny from the game's sales. They must be mad as hell that they haven't been able to pull Warcraft or Starcraft out from under Blizzard's feet yet. I'd put money on them trying it with this one, or using it as a way to get their hands on the other two.

I feel another MMO war coming up, just like the classic WoW vs Guild Wars. 'Cept while everyone else shouts about SWTOR and the BlizzMMO I'll be playing Guild Wars 2. Hehehe.

Well lets all hope for the new world that will be created to be just as epic as Blizzard's others.

Wow Blizzard doing an mMO not based 90% on EverQuest? I hope it fails bad enough to do some serious damage to AssBizz. Hope peopel stick to their boycott, but the game will suck hard enough to punish those that do not. Its either going to have the exact same engine as WoW and just have a different look, or be so different that all the WoW fans will hate it.

Edit: ^ You don't like Blizz AmIRight? ;o

It's so exciting when you consider how every game of Blizzard is really good and a huge success.
So even though I have little to no interest in MMORPGs I still want to see what they're going to pull off with their new IP ;)

sounds like Activision wants to squeeze out more money from Blizzard

Wow was not innovative at all. Almost all of the mechanics of that game came from EverQuest and the mythos behind it was developed in, you know, Warcraft? It was as innovative as a store-brand TV dinner.

monnes:
Does blizzard lead innovation in genres? Like what?

I have to agree. They do a very good job polishing and popularizing titles and genres, but I haven't seen much from them that could legitimately be called innovative.

Captain Placeholder:

Undead Dragon King:
This may in response to The Old Republic's encroaching threat to WOW's player-base, real or imagined as the case may be. I actually think this is a bad idea on Activision's part. They shouldn't split the player-base of WOW by making a new "massive" MMORPG.

Actually they have been working on this game for quite a few years. It has nothing to do with any other MMO that has come out or is coming out.

Yeah they started in like 2008 or maybe earlier. The way I see it WoW will probably run until they only have X number of players and then they'll just pull the plug. There will probably be some kind of player incentive to ditch WoW in favour of their new thing. You have a character of level Y so you get these bonuses when you switch over and delete your WoW account.

monnes:
Does blizzard lead innovation in genres? Like what?

They used to, but then they figured out they could make just as much money banking off nostalgia and since then have done nothing but release WoW and a prettier version of StarCraft.

By definition, if one takes a market that was considerably smaller and makes it much, much larger, you've clearly innovated on the old design. Look at the MMOs that came before WoW, and those that have come after, and tell me there's been no innovation. Yes, they're still MMOs, and WoW shares characteristics with the earliest MUDs. However, innovation does not mean 'totally different than'. You can innovate by changing just a few things, but I submit Blizzard changed more than a few, and continues to do so.

I really hope it's some sort of sci-fi setting, Starcraft or not. I find it hard to believe they'd go too crazy developing another fantasy MMO, unless their goal is to just transition everyone currently playing WoW to the next gen MMO. If they intend to rope in the console audience with it, that could definitely be where they're headed.

manythings:

Captain Placeholder:

Undead Dragon King:
This may in response to The Old Republic's encroaching threat to WOW's player-base, real or imagined as the case may be. I actually think this is a bad idea on Activision's part. They shouldn't split the player-base of WOW by making a new "massive" MMORPG.

Actually they have been working on this game for quite a few years. It has nothing to do with any other MMO that has come out or is coming out.

Yeah they started in like 2008 or maybe earlier. The way I see it WoW will probably run until they only have X number of players and then they'll just pull the plug. There will probably be some kind of player incentive to ditch WoW in favour of their new thing. You have a character of level Y so you get these bonuses when you switch over and delete your WoW account.

I highly doubt it. Near the end blizzard will milk it for all that it is worth. I mean hell Everquest is still going strong and I highly doubt WoW will go anywhere anytime within the next decade.

Pugiron:
Wow Blizzard doing an mMO not based 90% on EverQuest? I hope it fails bad enough to do some serious damage to AssBizz. Hope peopel stick to their boycott, but the game will suck hard enough to punish those that do not. Its either going to have the exact same engine as WoW and just have a different look, or be so different that all the WoW fans will hate it.

There's a boycott?

Anyway, if the game sucks, no one will play it. But since we have no way of knowing at this point how the game will be, maybe it'd be better just to nod and move on. You can't deny that Blizzard makes quality titles though, even if you don't personally enjoy playing them.

Personally, I'm excited to see what they can come up with. They've always done a great job with their current IPs, so I'm betting this new one will be even better. And actually, since they're designing the concept from the ground up as an MMO, the story might actually truly work with a perpetual world! How 'bout that! Can't wait.

Captain Placeholder:

manythings:

Yeah they started in like 2008 or maybe earlier. The way I see it WoW will probably run until they only have X number of players and then they'll just pull the plug. There will probably be some kind of player incentive to ditch WoW in favour of their new thing. You have a character of level Y so you get these bonuses when you switch over and delete your WoW account.

I highly doubt it. Near the end blizzard will milk it for all that it is worth. I mean hell Everquest is still going strong and I highly doubt WoW will go anywhere anytime within the next decade.

Maybe, and I stress maybe, five years but I seriously can't see it staying profitable that long. The way I understand WoW has been losing customers heavily over the past 12 months and, while a lot will come back for whatever expansion the release next, they are expected to lose that crowd plus like 20%. Apparently a lot of the new crowd who should be replacing the old crowd leave earlier and play less. Kind of like if teens stopped smoking.

rsvp42:
Personally, I'm excited to see what they can come up with. They've always done a great job with their current IPs, so I'm betting this new one will be even better. And actually, since they're designing the concept from the ground up as an MMO, the story might actually truly work with a perpetual world! How 'bout that! Can't wait.

I'll stick with expecting a great product from BioWare and treat Blizzard with caution.

I like how Kotick says that for Blizzard and Bungie, you need plenty of time, talent and capital for making a new and innovating product we'll want to play.

But for Call of Duty, they just need to keep cranking the fuckers down the assembly line.

My friend was talking to someone with a little Inside Information on this thing.
I was very interested when he told be about it. Since it was about a month ago. So it hadn't been announced then,as far as I know.

monnes:
Does blizzard lead innovation in genres? Like what?

Diablo started an entire genre and style of gameplay that countless games borrow from, for one.

manythings:

Captain Placeholder:

manythings:

Yeah they started in like 2008 or maybe earlier. The way I see it WoW will probably run until they only have X number of players and then they'll just pull the plug. There will probably be some kind of player incentive to ditch WoW in favour of their new thing. You have a character of level Y so you get these bonuses when you switch over and delete your WoW account.

I highly doubt it. Near the end blizzard will milk it for all that it is worth. I mean hell Everquest is still going strong and I highly doubt WoW will go anywhere anytime within the next decade.

Maybe, and I stress maybe, five years but I seriously can't see it staying profitable that long. The way I understand WoW has been losing customers heavily over the past 12 months and, while a lot will come back for whatever expansion the release next, they are expected to lose that crowd plus like 20%. Apparently a lot of the new crowd who should be replacing the old crowd leave earlier and play less. Kind of like if teens stopped smoking.

Being the in the beta, I can say that when you experience the game.. its completely different. So they are taking a huge risk right now to make it last a lot longer by making it feel different/play better in general. Even the game in beta has made me want to play for another -insert length of time-. Its damn great.
Also I'm from the EQ crowd that switched over to WoW when it came out. So I've been plying since classic.

So what, they're going to compete with themselves?

I can see them starting to develop something new if WoW figures started dropping, but there seems to be no point. Surely they're just splitting their fan base, and giving themselves twice (if not more, since they've got to launch a new MMO - which always need extra work done when released) the workload?

Personally I'm much more interested in TOR because, well, it's fucking Star Wars and BioWare.

It's official, folks. The makers of WoW are going to try to kill WoW. I am reminded of the phrase " I brought you in to this world and I can take you out ". Could WoW have peaked and is now beginning its downward spiral? A new MMO from Blizzard could be sign of the WoWocalypse.

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